Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction, 9/2/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies
Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Location: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Nationals (-125) Phillies (+115)
J.T. Realmuto and the Philadelphia Phillies (15-15, 3rd in NL East) host the Washington Nationals (12-20, 5th in NL East) at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday. The Phillies open this matchup at +115 while the Nationals are coming in at -125. The total is set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Max Scherzer and Zack Wheeler.
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
8/29/2020 Starlin Castro 2B Wrist Out for the season
8/24/2020 Seth Romero RP Hand Out for the season
8/22/2020 Stephen Strasburg SP Hand Out for the season
8/18/2020 Sam Freeman RP Elbow Out for the season
8/13/2020 Roenis Elias RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
6/29/2020 Adrian Sanchez 3B Achilles Out for the season
Key Philadelphia Phillies Injuries
8/31/2020 Scott Kingery 2B Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
8/29/2020 David Robertson RP Elbow Out for the season
8/25/2020 Jose Alvarez RP Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
7/25/2020 Seranthony Dominguez RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Nationals have a 12-20 overall record this season. Scherzer has taken the mound for 2,327 innings and is sitting with 2,747 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 3.21 (829 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.096. He has allowed 1,920 hits (7.4 hits per nine innings) and has had 631 walks. Scherzer (173-90 career mark) has earned a FIP of 3.21 and he has faced 9,438 hitters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.40 and they have given up 122 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .226 against the bullpen and they've struck out 124 hitters and walked 54 batters. As a team, Washington allows 10 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 5.09. The Nationals pitchers collectively have given up 305 base hits and 155 earned runs. They have allowed 48 home runs this season, ranking them 6th in the league. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 102 batters and struck out 266. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.49 and their FIP as a unit is 4.71.
As a team Washington is hitting .270, good for 2nd in the league. The Nationals hold a .454 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.1 hits per game. Juan Soto is hitting .367 with an on-base percentage of .452. He has 33 hits this season in 90 at bats with 25 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .800 and an OPS+ of 224. Howie Kendrick is hitting .303 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .345. He has totaled 23 hits and he has driven in 12 men in 76 at bats. His OPS+ is 103 while his slugging percentage is at .421. The Nationals have 290 hits, including 55 doubles and 44 home runs. Washington has walked 97 times so far this season and they have struck out 238 times as a unit. They have left 217 men on base and have a team OPS of .791. They score 4.84 runs per contest and have scored a total of 155 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Philadelphia has a 15-15 overall mark this year. Wheeler (47-38 career record) is the owner of a 3.71 earned run average and has surrendered 8.4 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.70 and he has gone up against 3,333 hitters thus far in his career. During his career, Wheeler has allowed 736 base hits and he has 749 strikeouts in 788 frames. He has given up a total of 325 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.286 and having a FIP of 3.7. The bullpen has an earned run average of 7.09 and they have given up 142 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .293 against the Phillies bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 106 batters and walked 46 opposing hitters. As a team, Philadelphia allows 10.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 5.24. The Phillies pitchers as a team have surrendered 294 base knocks and 149 earned runs this season. They have given up 48 home runs this year, which ranks 7th in Major League Baseball. Philadelphia as a staff has walked 94 hitters and struck out 264 batters. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.52 while their FIP as a staff is 4.70.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 5th in the league. The Phillies hold a .465 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .343, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.7 hits per contest. J.T. Realmuto comes into this matchup batting .266 with an OBP of .333. He has 29 hits this year along with 25 RBI in 109 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .550 with an OPS+ of 131. Rhys Hoskins is hitting .260 this season and he has an OBP of .426. He has collected 26 hits in 100 at bats while driving in 18 runs. He has an OPS+ of 152 and a slugging percentage of .520. The Phillies as a unit have 260 base hits, including 46 doubles and 47 homers. Philadelphia has walked 108 times this year and they have struck out on 226 occasions. They have had 204 men left on base and have an OPS of .809. They have scored 5.6 runs per game and totaled 168 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Nationals/Phillies MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Phillies (+115)
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